FAMILY and friends of much-loved Lowood teenager Candice Mangan yesterday said their final farewells to the caring young woman whose life was tragically cut short.
Candice, more fondly known by her family as “bub”, was laid to rest yesterday morning in a moving ceremony at Trinity Luthern Church in Lowood.
Hundreds of family and friends paid tribute to the caring 18-year-old whose life was taken on December 27, just one month short of her nineteenth birthday.
Candice was the passenger in a white Holden Commodore sedan which was being driven by her boyfriend Brett Muller, also 18, when the car lost control and crashed, killing her instantly.
The pair had left Lowood and was driving west on the Warrego Highway when they hit a cherub garden statue lying in the middle of the lane.
Her boyfriend joined hundreds of mourners on social networking site Facebook to thank all of their friends who posted tributes to Candice.
“Your beautiful messages and thoughts have warmed my heart and have helped me so much through this dark, sad time,” Brett said.
“I love you so much baby.
“You changed my life amazingly and forever I will miss you.”
One friend said: “Thinking of you and your family ... the weather seems appropriate.
“The angels are crying because they are taking you from your family.
“Fly peacefully little angel”.
Candice was the second-youngest of four daughters to proud parents Michael and Sherry Mangan.
Mrs Mangan said she would always remember her daughter for her caring nature.
“She was really quirky but very caring. She was always looking out for other people but very independent at the same time,” Mrs Mangan said.
Candice’s funeral service was followed by a private cremation.